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The Darcys Give a Ball: A Gentle Joke, Jane Austen Style

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  590 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
While Jane and Lizzie plan a lavish ball at Pemberley, the Darcys' second son falls in love with the Collins' daughter, first-born Juliet Darcy is almost lured into an elopement, and Georgiana's timid daughter Lucy is the new target of Miss Caroline Bingley's meddling.

The Darcys Give a Ball is a charming and very amusing imagining of the next generation of Jane Austen's be
Paperback, 156 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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Jun 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: austenesque, ku
AKA P&P - The Next Generation. This isn't so much a P&P sequel as it is a P&P Spin off. The main characters are the young adult children of the Darcys, Bingleys, Georgiana, Col. Fitzwilliam and the children of a bunch of other characters from other JA works.
Sure the characters you know and love as well as some you loath, Miss Caroline Bingley and Mr. Collins, are there but their rolls are diminished down to cameos or walk ons. [Note: you would think that in the past 20 years jane m
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the book but missed the story. At first, it seemed fascinating as we fast forward 20 years from the ending of Pride & Prejudice to witness the offspring of not only those characters but also more from other Austen novels. The effect causes this short book to be more of an update rather than a happening, as there are very, very few events other than a death and an almost-elopement near the end and none at all to regale us. Not an ounce of humor, wit or satire can be found within its pa ...more
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
A Sweet and Fun Look at Mrs. Darcy’s and Mrs. Collins’s Children

3.5 out of 5 stars

TIME FRAME: 25 years after the close of Pride and Prejudice

MAIN CHARACTERS: While there is numerous progeny from the Darcy, Bingley, Fitzwilliam, and Collins families mentioned in this tale, the main characters seem to be these sibling pairs – Henry and Juliet Darcy and Jonathan and Eliza Collins.

SYNOPSIS: “The romantic attachments of one’s children are a constant distraction” for Mrs. Darcy. While her eldest son i
Ana T.
Oct 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
As usual I picked this one up with a mix of great expectations and dread. The first because it is always nice to revisit the characters of our favourite stories, and the second because sometimes these sequels totally ruin them. Although that doesn't happen here I guess it's more because this novel is more about the Collins family than Elizabeth and Darcy.

The story takes place about twenty five years after the end of Pride and Prejudice. The Darcys, the Bingleys and the Collinses - not to mentio
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austen, reviewed
The Darcys Give a Ball: A Gentle Joke by Elizabeth Newark was not the comedic little book I was expecting. What I found instead was an engaging and touching story about both the characters we know and love, as well as their children. The Darcys are giving a ball officially for their daughter, Juliet, but it is really an opportunity for matchmaking, and to get to know outlining members of the family, namely the Collins clan. What transpired was a delightful, endearing story about love, finding fu ...more
Karen Burke
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Very cute read, although a little confusing with so many of the Austen families and their children.
Jun 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a quick and fun read. It seemed a bit like the author was trying to pull in as many Austen characters as possible. It was fun to see the offspring of other favorite Austen characters appear but at times it seemed a little forced. I completely missed the "Gentle joke, Jane Austen style" but did enjoy the book. This book did leave me with a desire to read more Jane. :)
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed at the book. I love Jane Austen. This book was supposed to be a great fan fiction. However, the scattered narration, the numerous shallowly-built characters, and the choppy plot made it difficult to enjoy. Any true Austen fan, such as myself, would be disappointed.
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I love reading books that continue Jane Austen's stories, especially when they stay true to the originals. Being a story about Elizabeth and Darcy and what happens when their children grow up, I was pleased to see the addition of many other characters from all the other books as well, even Sanditon. It is as though every book that Jane Austen had been written was in the same world, so each character was known in some way or another.

The book starts out with Elizabeth convincing her husband to giv
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: austenesque
Although the Darcy's do give a ball and that is the driving force of all the characters to convene at Pemberley, it really is about the Collins',in particular the two youngest grown children and Mrs. Charlotte Collins nee Lucas. I enjoy anything about the Darcy's, P&P, Jane Austen... and this is a harmless, light-hearted read of a short 156 pages. Contrary to the previous critique on this book, this to me was infinitely better written than the uninspiring "Darcy's Passions." Once at Pemberle ...more
Jun 26, 2008 rated it it was ok
Truly, I'd give this 2.5 stars. First, I'll enumerate a few positives. I do not ever expect these Austen reproductions to be nearly as satisfying as its original source. This was, however, a great deal better, and more true-to-character than Mr. Darcy Takes A Wife, in which reading I made a grave mistake! Newark attempts to imitate Austen's writing style and, by and large, is more successful than many modern endeavors. The novel is short and a quick, indulgent read.

Ah, indulgence. Unfortunately,
Charlotte Collins has been married to Mr. Collins of Pride and Prejudice for 25 years and born him five living children. The family lives at Longbourn and Charlotte does the best she can to cope with the life she chose. Most of her children take after their father, but the youngest boy and youngest girl are promising. Jonathan is a quiet, studious fellow who studies bugs and Eliza is a plain, but cheerful girl with a sense of humor. On his way home from Oxford, Henry Darcy, younger son of Elizab ...more
Apr 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Jane Austen is vastly popular nearly 200 years after her death. With her books out of copyright protection, plenty of authors now turn to creating sequels of some sort. I mostly shy away from these--they never can compare. After several library patrons said they love reading such books, and because Pride & Prejudice is one of the absolute best books ever, I decided I would try this one out.

The premise is that it's about 20 years since the events of the original. Now Elizabeth and Jane get to
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
A charming little book. The subtitle is, "A gentle joke, Jane Austen style" and it is very much a delightful read.

The Darcy's second son, Henry, returns home from college and mentions that he is in love with Eliza Collins, the youngest daughter of Charlotte and Mr. Collins. Upon hearing this and discussing the issue, Elizabeth and Jane decide to plan a ball at Pemberley. The pretense of the ball is to celebrate their daughter Juliet's 18th birthday and Henry's entrance into society, but Elizabe
Sep 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Light and sweet, certainly a quick read, and fairly true to character for our most familiar folk. However, it seemed like characters were reintroduced with their married names, some of which were post-P&P, and then discarded for their their children, such that I had a terrible time keeping up with who was related to whom (I nearly lost track of Georgiana altogether). Also, the rapidity with which the older characters appeared and were summarily dispatched by Victorian "old" age nearly gave m ...more
Clare Cannon
Jun 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 10-16 years (girls)
Shelves: 13-15yrs, young-adult
Austen lovers will enjoy this light-hearted visit to Austen country where the characters ring true, the situation is perfect, and the conclusion is everything you hope for.

While Jane and Lizzie plan a lavish ball at Pemberley, the Darcys' second son falls in love with the Collins' daughter, first-born Juliet Darcy is almost lured into an elopement, and Georgiana's timid daughter Lucy is the new target of Miss Caroline Bingley's meddling.

The Darcys Give a Ball is a charming and very amusing imagi
Mar 27, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is a glimpse into the love lives of the next generation of the characters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. What can I say, next generation books, TV shows, etc. etc. never come close to the original. It's hard to imagine a middle aged Elizabeth Bennett- it's almost sad. I would rather haver her immortalized just as she is at the end of Pride and Prejudice.

That being said, the book is only 156 pages, so it's worth taking a look if you love Jane Austen-y stuff. Plus, the author do
Jennifer Black
This was very lean on plot, and the characters were plentiful and underdeveloped. On the plus side, I liked that it started and ended by being about Charlotte Lucas Collins. I really liked the way the author gave her a story and went into depth on her character. I also liked that all the people that came to the ball were the children of other Jane Austen books. I thought that mixing the characters from all the books was a fun idea. I would have liked it better if the author would have just threw ...more
Sep 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: jane-austen
This really should be titled, "Charlotte Collins' Life," since it is more about her and her family than the Darcy's story. Elizabeth Darcy and her children seem more a backdrop to focus on Charlotte and her daughter, Juliet.

It's a sympathetically written, short book. I remember feeling like I understood Charlotte much better, and it added to Pride and Prejudice instead of so many of the spin-offs that irritate and get under the skin. I remember even feeling bad for Mr. Collins that he never over
Jessica (BookRockGoddess) Bolton
While this book did have interesting updates on the lives of my favorite characters from Pride and Prejudice there just didn't seem to be much substance to the book. I looked at this more a whats happening now type of book. It has been 25 years since the Darcy's were married and basicly this just gives you and up to date acount of the goings on in their lives and their childrens lives. It does incorperate the lives of many other famous Austen characters through the lives of their children such a ...more
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Cute sequel to Pride and Prejudice! It takes place 25 years after Mr. and Mrs. Darcy's marriage and their children are the ones making waves. Children from all Jane Austen's novels are included as well! It was confusing to try to remember who was who's child. References to other beloved couples were made as well. that was enjoyable! The focus seems to be on the offspring but the end seemed to be lacking. The author leaves their fates up in the air, maybe because there might be a sequel? I'll hav ...more

16 months ago

This was a fun, fast read in the "Pride & Prejudice sequel" genre. The story mainly concerns the now grown children of key characters in the original story, when Elizabeth decides to give a ball to celebrate the birthday of her daughter.

The book is short at only 156 pages, and is written very much in a similar style to the original book, but with the next generation as the main focus of the ongoing dramas of "making a suitable match".

I enjoyed this as simply what it is - the swe
Deborah Vespo
May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth and Darcy's kids are grown up, so are the Tilney's, the Churchills, the Brandon's, The Wentworth's, The Knightley's... they all know each other in this one. And the Darcy's are giving their children a ball- one that brings out their daughter's coming out and their son's coming home from Cambridge. Of course, the nasty Caroline Bingley is still as nasty as ever and up to her same old tricks. Juliet Darcy surprised me, she is beautiful and terribly spoiled, very surprising as she has Eli ...more
Jun 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth
The only reason I kept reading this book was because I hoped it would get better, and it was a fast read.

Newark tried to cram the next generation of all Austin's characters into this short book, barely had any development of new characters, and killed off those she didn't want to deal with instead of facing them head on. On top of all that, the characters that were taken from Pride and Prejudice didn't stay true to their original personalities.

I knew it wouldn't be as good as the original, of co
Jul 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Tried not to expect too much...this is about a 2.5 star book. I liked it. is fun, quick and a cute idea.

Cons...not too much in Austen style (what was with all the parentheses like this). All the characters from all the books kind of come at you quick (good thing I have read all the books TONS of times...notice my parentheses :) and I wasn't super happy with her interpertation of how all the kids turned out. I don't know, I would have thought differently based on Austen's original charac
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
I read this on a total whim. I liked it, but I've certainly read better Pride and Prejudice continuations. This one had a lot of head-hopping of characters, only a few of whom I liked, and it was jam-packed with characters, the children of other Austen couples. I think this could have been better if it was longer, and the story was given more room to breathe, as well as the characters. I did appreciate the insight to Charlotte Collins. I've always seen her as sort of a pitiable character, but sh ...more
May 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
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Liz Gonzalez
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Other than Pamela Aiden's Darcy trilogy, this novel has given me the most pleasure of all the Pride & Prejudice offshoots. I loved the idea that we could find the answer to the question: "WHAT happened to Charlotte?" This book is a very satisfying glimpse into the "middle age" of Mr. Darcy, his Elizabeth, and her dear friend Charlotte. I recommend it. Only four stars because I would have liked it to be longer.
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
I think this book is charming, witting and super cute! It's a little spin off of Jane Austen's books and is about the next generation. It's nothing scholarly, but just a really quaint, fun read. Elizabeth and Darcy's kids are now of the marrying age and their heart-throbs are the kids of couples in Austen's other books. Before you read it though, I recommend you familiarize/remind yourself of the main characters in Austen's classics. I hope you read it, it's a cute one!
Jun 04, 2009 rated it liked it
This story comprises a brief glimpse into the lives of the next generation. These young adults are Victorians with the shift in styles and cultural interests. The book cleverly works the attitudes in by having Mr Collin's son Jonathon be a naturalist. I enjoy the way the book works through the many members of Austen's characters but this book would mean much less to someone not well versed in all Austen's books. This story requires a great familiarity with all six novels.
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